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Sandboxie 3.76
Sandboxie 3.76
Original author(s) Ronen Tzur[1]
Developer(s) Sophos
Initial release June 26, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-06-26)
Stable release
5.22[2] / October 30, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-10-30)
Preview release
5.23 Beta / November 17, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-11-17)
Development status Active
Written in C++[citation needed]
Operating system Windows XP SP3 and later
Platform IA-32 and x64
Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese (Brasil and Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Type Security software
License Shareware[3][4][5]

Sandboxie is a sandbox-based isolation program developed by Sophos (which acquired it from Invincea[6][7][8] which acquired it earlier from the original author Ronen Tzur[1][9][10]), for 32- and 64-bit Windows NT-based operating systems.[11][12][13] It creates a sandbox-like isolated operating environment in which applications can be run or installed without permanently modifying the local or mapped drive.[11][14] An isolated virtual environment allows controlled testing of untrusted programs and web surfing.[14][15][16]


In December 2013, Invincea announced the acquisition of Sandboxie.[1] The original developer Ronen Tzur further announced he will no longer be involved with the program.[9][10]

In February 2017, Sophos announced the acquisition of Invincea.[6][7][8] Invincea posted an assurance in Sandboxie's website that for the time being Sandboxie's development and support will continue as normal.[17]

64-bit Windows[edit]

As of version 4.02, Sandboxie has full support for 64-bit versions of Windows[18] with the exception of Windows XP 64-bit which was never supported.[19]


Sandboxie is released under a proprietary End-User License Agreement (EULA). Home users may continue using Sandboxie for free, without paying to register it; however, two of its functions remain disabled: automatically running programs under Sandboxie, and the simultaneous use of multiple sandboxes.[3][16] After 30 days, Sandboxie starts with a registration nagware message that the user can dismiss after a 5-second delay.[11]


Sandboxie was included in Brothersoft's 2010 Editors Pick list.[20]

Gizmo's Freeware gave Sandboxie a rating of 9 out of 10 stars[21] and included it in their Editors' Choice List as the "Best Free Browser Protection Utility".[22]

Softonic has given Sandboxie a rating of 8 out of 10 with Elena Santos stating in her review that "Sandboxie is a handy tool to test untrustworthy software without putting your system in danger."[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Invincea's Expanding Global Community". 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-19. [W]e announced the acquisition of Sandboxie from an earlier transaction in 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sandboxie - Version Changes". Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  3. ^ a b "FAQ Licensing". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Sandboxie 3.60". PCAuthority. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Sandboxie 2.64". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Sophos Adds Advanced Machine Learning to Its Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Portfolio with Acquisition of Invincea". Sophos. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Sophos grows anti-malware ensemble with Invincea". Sophos. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-11. One may ask, if you already have great next-generation technology, why do you need Invincea’s technology?...Think of Invincea as the superhero that takes our ensemble to the next level – the entity that adds neural network-based machine learning to the team. 
  8. ^ a b "Sophos to Acquire Invincea to Add Industry Leading Machine Learning to its Next Generation Endpoint Protection Portfolio". Invincea. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Goodbye from tzuk". 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2017-10-20. Today I depart from Sandboxie, as I announced a few weeks ago. 
  10. ^ a b "Questions About Invincea Acquiring Sandboxie?". 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2017-10-20. I am happy to pass the torch to the capable hands of Invincea...In about six weeks, I will depart from Sandboxie. 
  11. ^ a b c Olzak, Tom (December 15, 2008). "Use free sandboxing software to isolate risky behavior". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  12. ^ Kassner, Michael (January 20, 2009). "Minimize risk when downloading from the Internet". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  13. ^ Grimes, Roger A. (December 15, 2008). "Sandbox Security Versus the Evil Web". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  14. ^ a b Pash, Adams (May 7, 2007). "Featured Windows Download: Safely test new software with Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  15. ^ Martin. "Ghacks Christmas Giveaway: Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  16. ^ a b Horowitz, Michael. "How to Defend Against Drive-By Downloads - Business Center - PC World". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  17. ^ "Invincea acquired by Sophos". 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-10-20. Many of you are probably wondering, what does this mean for Sandboxie and its users? The answer as of right now, is that nothing is changing. We will continue to operate as we have since Invincea acquired Sandboxie. We have no current plans to discontinue developing Sandboxie updates or supporting it. 
  18. ^ "Sandboxie - Notes About 64-Bit Edition". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  19. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - What are the requirements to run Sandboxie?". Retrieved 2017-10-20. Sandboxie does not work on...Windows XP x64 bit 
  20. ^ "Brothersoft Winners 2010: List of Editors Pick Windows Software - Brothersoft windows Topic". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Best Free Browser Protection Utility". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sandboxie - Download". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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